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Medi-Cal for Mother?

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Question: My mom lived with me since 2015 summer. She got her green card recently. She is now 74, she does not have any income.

  • Can she apply for Medi-Cal now? Yes
  • Can the medical benefits (through Medi-Cal) kick in for the remainder of 2016? Yes.
  • What should she show as her household income? $0
  • Does she have to file a separate tax return in 2016 (or) can I still include her as dependent in 2016? No. You can still claim her.
  • After receiving Medi-Cal benefits in 2017, does she have to file a separate tax return in 2017? No
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